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Let’s Talk About Git’s Blemishes

Let’s Talk About Git’s Blemishes

We all are great admirers of Git; it's a powerful, useful, and extremely popular platform kept in the toolbox of many-a-developer. We keep reading good stuff and adulation pieces about Git too. Here we are going to talk about the flip side, the shortcomings and blemishes of Git, as discussed in an essay by Peter Lundgren who is a self-confessed Git admirer. Now this is going to be interesting; let’s hop to the key points! Complexity Git has a complex information model, comprised of directed acyclic graphs, commits, trees, blobs, branches, tags, and remotes. Git has a staging area, a stash, and a... more »
Discover OpenReflex, the First Open Source 3D Printable SLR Camera

Discover OpenReflex, the First Open Source 3D Printable SLR Camera

3D printing technology has made rapid production towards the "domestication" of home 3D printing. Personal 3D printing started with printing parts for printers, phone cases, jewelry, and figurines. To date, Marius Leo was not satisfied with the state of 3D printed cameras. This is why he set out to build an entire home printable camera: The OpenReflex, the first open source 3D printed camera. Leo, a graduate student from France, interested in design modeling and 3D printing has created a fully functional SLR camera you can print only by spending $30 in materials. The camera has all the body molded from 3D... more »
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NSA Backlash Hurts Recruiting - Stay Away from DEF CON

It was just about a year ago when the NSA came openly knocking with job opportunities at the annual DEF CON conference.  This year the organizers of the convention have asked the feds to stay away in response to the ongoing saga of Edward Snowden and PRISM.  There’s a high level of mistrust in light of those events and they apparently would like to have this particular conference fed-free.  Jeff Moss (aka “Dark Tangent”), the founder of DEF CON posted on the convention’s front page: FEDS, WE NEED SOME TIME APART: For over two decades DEF CON has been an open nexus of... more »
[Video] A Sneak Peek Under the Hood of WANdisco’s Big Data Software

[Video] A Sneak Peek Under the Hood of WANdisco’s Big Data Software

WANdisco’s Jagane Sundar and Brett Rudenstein showcased their firm’s new software at Hadoop Summit 2013. SiliconAngle NewsDesk Head Writer Winston Edmonton stopped by their booth to take a look. Winston inquires about WDD 3.6, WANdisco’s S3-enabled distro of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). Sundar tells him that the platform implements the S3 API, which means that users can migrate their apps from Amazon Web Services service to the private cloud with minimal effort. He highlights that storing data in an on-premise Hadoop deployment is ‘orders of a magnitude’ cheaper than alternatives such as AWS, and adds that bringing workloads in-house... more »
Dropbox Dominates Consumer Cloud as an Always-On Hard-Drive

Dropbox Dominates Consumer Cloud as an Always-On Hard-Drive

Dropbox held its very first developer conference, DBX, at the Fort Mason Center earlier this week. The cloud storage provider is growing up, expanding from just a service to store and share files to a platform that allows "effortless" access to hundreds of millions of Dropbox clients across all location and devices. Here's a run down of the initiatives discussed at the event: Dropbox Platform The Dropbox platform was designed to be an optimal foundation to connect the world’s apps, devices, and services and now it has been enhanced with a suite of tools that simplifies how developers can build across devices and platforms. Datastore... more »
Moto X: A Deadly Threat To Samsung & Apple - If The Price Is Right

Moto X: A Deadly Threat To Samsung & Apple - If The Price Is Right

Motorola used to reign on the mobile scene.  It was the first company to offer a commercial cellphone.  It was hugely popular in the early 2000s when it first released its iconic Razr line, a series of slim phones that caught the attention of fashionistas and business people alike. Unfortunately, when the dawn of touchscreen devices came, Motorola had a hard time coping.  People were no longer interested in sleek and slim devices, now they wanted nothing less than a computer in their pockets, being blinded by the allure of devices like Apple’s iPhone. For a time it looked like the firm... more »
Microsoft Reorg Steve Ballmer Memo - One Microsoft Is The Theme

Microsoft Reorg Steve Ballmer Memo - One Microsoft Is The Theme

Below is the full memo to the Microsoft organization by CEO Steve Ballmer.  The press release to public is here.   My Angle: Microsoft is admitting defeat in this modern era and is making one big tact to vector in the right direction.  My opinion is that this is a good move.  Microsoft must commit to this and really compete.  Balmer must go all in with this move.  This direction is somewhat similar to Gates 1995 memo.  What's different is that this is Microsoft's only hope. UPDATE:  I was interviewed on NPR for my comments.  Listen to my full four minute interview below:  “Microsoft is... more »
Dropbox It Like It's Hot & Toddler Car Dealers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Dropbox It Like It's Hot & Toddler Car Dealers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Hightail for Dropbox's Business Model   Just in time for the inaugural Dropbox DBX developer’s conference, the popular cloud service provider has some new competition from an old rival. The file-sharing tool previously known as YouSendIt has rebranded itself. Now known as Hightail, it’s embracing more collaboration services, rather than just file-sharing. To go along with the name change, Hightail has also changed their pricing to be much more competitive in the public storage market. For only $16/month, customers can have access to unlimited storage, which is $10 less than the 200GB plan from Dropbox. Speaking of the changes, company CEO Brad Garlinghouse talked about how... more »
Making our Federal Government Disaster Proof

Making our Federal Government Disaster Proof

Disaster recovery is top of mind for chief information officers (CIOs) and IT managers as natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes and other events are happening on a frequent basis. The example of Hurricane Sandy’s effect on the East Coast last year continuously reminds IT staffs and CIOs at federal agencies that they must be prepared to continue operating in the event of a natural disaster.  And although there is some forewarning with natural disasters, what cannot be predicted is the occurrence of human error, hardware failures and malicious acts which account for the majority of data center and... more »
Nokia Lumia 1020 Photos, Specs + Videos Before Reveal : Zoom Reinvented Event #NYC

Nokia Lumia 1020 Photos, Specs + Videos Before Reveal : Zoom Reinvented Event #NYC

Nokia’s Zoom Reinvented event in New York is set to start any minute now.  But even before the curtain lifts, the big reveal has been spoiled by numerous leaks all over the internet. Windows Phone Central has published the full specifications of the Nokia Lumia 1020 whoch features 4.5 inch AMOLED WXGA (1280 x 768) 2.5D sculpted glass Gorilla Glass 3, PureMotion HD+ ClearBlack, High Brightness Mode, Sunlight readability, Super sensitive touch for nail and glove usage, 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal user memory, 7GB Skydrive cloud storage, Windows Phone 8 OS, but the standout feature is the... more »

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